Tonight we had our hospital tour at Eden Medical Center. And of course, Melody woke up early from her nap, so by the end of the tour she was ready…to be cranky. =p There were 3 other expecting moms. One mom came by herself, another was a couple, another mom came with her 3 kids, and then there was us.
We were the only ones who already registered. The nurse who was giving the tour emphasized that it is better to do it early. I wouldn’t want to be sitting filling out papers when I’m in labor. hehe And nobody is taking the childbirth education class….
First, we visited the ER entrance where you can enter at after hospital hours, but can go through there anytime, obviously. Then we went up to the 2nd floor where the maternity ward is. The labor and delivery room is pretty spacious. Not as big as CPMC’s LDR, but decent size. We went through the nursery again, and Melody liked climbing the stepping stool to see the baby. She saw Nurse Shannon who led the Sibling Celebration class. At the end we got to see the postpartum rooms. They’re just as big as the ones in CPMC. Dad gets to stay on the pull-out sofabed. They said most moms will get their own room, even if it’s a “shared” room. I think there are 8 rooms, and 2 of them have showers in them, but there is a private bathroom in the hallway that has a shower. Overall, it seems pretty good (especially compared to what we saw over at Kaiser). Everything seems to be flexible if we just ask them. Parking is also free, which we had to pay for at CPMC. And we forgot to ask about food, but at CPMC there was a “Celebration Dinner” on the 2nd night there. It was pretty good for “hospital” food. Norm got filet mignon and I got salmon, and we also got little bottles of sparkling cider. =p
Melody also got a sticker at the end. She’s definitely starting a collection with all the ones she gets from my OB’s office. And she was called a doll twice. =p
Note: Okay, so that photo is actually how the new hospital will look, but I couldn’t find a good photo of the current building. They’re breaking ground in 2010.